Hiranagar (Kathua District, J-K) Jan. 31 (ANI): Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Sunday said he is proud to see the public toilet construction project for residents in the border district of Kathua take off.
Interacting with media persons in Hiranagar after undertaking an inspection of the project, Singh said, “After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement for constructing toilets for women, I had approached the rural development ministry with a proposal that the work on toilets should be taken on priority in villages along the border areas of Kathua region.”
He added that in other places, women have the option to go outdoors for their ablutions, but in the border areas, due to the continuous patrolling by security personnel, and incidents of cross border firing, it is difficult for women to venture out at night.
Singh said he was grateful to the ministry for accepting his proposal.
“Today, I can proudly say that 1,120 multi-purpose toilets with an estimated cost of Rs. 4.40 crores would be constructed near the Zero Line border of International Boundary,” he said.
“We have, for the first time, initiated this project of construction of multi-purpose toilets in Jammu and Kashmir near the International Boundary,” he added.
He thanked organisations like the Sulabh International and the ONGC for offering technical assistance for the project.
He maintained that constructing these public toilets would encourage people from other areas to replicate the same, and firmly asserted that Kathua would emerge as a model district in next two to three years.
“Approximately ten acres of land has been acquired for establishing the first ever biotechnology park in Jammu and Kashmir. The work on the project will start in the next few weeks. This will be the Government of India’s second mega project in Kathua, close on the heels of the Keedian-Gandyal Bridge,” he added.
He was accompanied by Jyoti Chopra, Vice President of the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation.
He also revealed that the first phase a 60-bunker construction project has begun in Kathua District, which would go a long way in ensuring improved security for border residents. (ANI)